The Archdiocese of Manila will hold a 9-day spiritual preparation before the formal installation of Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, the 33rd Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Manila.
The novena will start on June 15 and will end on 23, 2021.
According to Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila in his Pastoral Instruction “Your servant is listening” released last June 9, 2021, the novena should bear these three elements: prayer, catechesis and charity.
During the Novena-Masses, Bishop Pabillo said the faithful will use special Mass formularies in line with the theme on that day. A Prayer of Thanksgiving for a New Archbishop will be prayed after the Post-Communion Prayer of the Mass. On June 23, parishes and communities are also encouraged to spend an hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and pray together for Cardinal Advincula.
Short catechetical video presentations on the mystery of the Church, the role of the bishop and realities of the Archdiocese of Manila will be shown before the Mass to be prepared by the Commission on Catechesis and Education of the Archdiocese of Manila.
The faithful, according to the bishop are also encouraged to do acts of charity by listening and responding to the cries of the poor. Parishes are asked to “organize activities that would promote charity and generosity, like feeding programs, distribution of food bags or gift checks”.
“Caritas Manila will distribute gift certificates for 50,000 families (worth PhP 50 M) to the parishes. Let this be a gift of Cardinal Advincula to our needy brethren in the Archdiocese,” Bishop Pabillo said.
Cardinal Advincula will be formally installed as the 33rd Archbishop of Manila at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or Manila Cathedral on June 24, 2021, the Solemnity of the birth of St. John the Baptist, at 9 in the morning. It is also the 450th anniversary of the founding of the City of Manila and of the first parish in Manila that later became the Manila Cathedral. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)